• What a Night! Great Futures Gala is a Slam Dunk!

    November 15, 2019

    What a Slam Dunk!

    Thank you to all the stars in the room on Nov. 1st, at the Boys & Girls Clubs’ Great Futures Gala! Thanks to the incredible support of Club partners, we raised about $250,000 to bring Opportunity to thousands of kids and teens in Skagit County. This incredible result allows Clubs to serve youth from every neighborhood and zip code throughout our community. With Spud Webb sharing his stories of life growing up in the Club, and so many joining in the pledge to do Whatever It Takes to build great futures, the evening was a Slam Dunk!

    Thank you to host Tim Lewis, and the Corporate Air Center, for sharing their space with us, again, this year. The beautiful location provides a great backdrop to the expanded Social Hour, Games, and festivities, and the excitement & laughter carried throughout the evening. Good food from La Conner Seafood & PrimeRib House and great drinks made for a tremendous evening.

    Kyla Whiton, 2019 Youth of the Year, set the tone for the evening with her incredible motivation to do whatever it takes for her great future, and this was outlined further in the Club's newest PSA video. More than just a place for our kids– Clubs do whatever it takes to build great futures.

    Our special guest, Spud Webb, then shared his story of growing up in the Dallas Turnkey Boys & Girls Club, and the role that staff mentors had in helping him fulfill his dreams of playing basketball in the NBA, and the motivation they gave him to work hard. His invitation for everyone to take the opportunity to help our youth, as we don’t know the futures we’ll make possible, was met by cheering applause. 

    Spud Webb & Gee Scott finished out the evening with a lively discussion of working hard, opening doors, and the glimmer of hope for Seattle fans to see an NBA team return.

    Because of you, work can continue toward fulfilling the goals outlined in Opportunity 2021, our strategic plan. As our Club organization moves forward in that process, we aim to Reach More Youth, Increase Program Quality, and, Strengthen the Organization. In attending the Great Futures Gala, you have supported these endeavors, and from everyone at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Skagit County, thank you!

    Preparation for the Great Futures Gala in 2020 is already underway. Mark your calendars for Friday, November 6, so you can join us. If you are interested in serving on the Gala Committee, please contact Tina Asp, Committee Chair, at tina.image360@gmail.com. Feedback and reflection are important to us, so we can continue to strengthen and grow our event. Click on the link for a short reflection survey.


    Download Photos!

    We've got some amazing photos of the Gala thanks to the great work from C9 Photography & Design and Sattva PhotoView and download copies for yourself here. 


    Thank You Committee & Board Members!

    Gala Committee

    Tina Asp, Image360 
    Annette Booth Allstate Insurance - Annette Booth Agency
    Carl Bruner, Mount Vernon School District
    Carole Straathof, Sedro-Woolley School District
    Becky Taft, Banner Bank
    Kristen Keltz, Hotel Services Group
    Mark Nilson, Retired, Education
    Josh Axthelm, Fisher Construction Group
    Brian Soneda, Retired, Library Services

    Board of Directors

    Holly Shannon, President
    Tina Asp, President-Elect
    Mike Gubrud, Vice President
    Rob Martin, Vice President
    Mark Lawrence, Past-President
    Brian Soneda, Secretary
    Eric Johnson, Treasurer
    Dr. Carl Bruner, Member
    Bill Overby, Member
    Mark Nilson, Member
    Kristen Keltz, Member
    Dan Milfred, Member
    Pat Barrett, Member
    Mackenzie Reider, Member
    Mike Dyberg, Member
    Sarah Crist, Member


    Thank You Sponsors!


    VIP Experience
    Corporate Air Center

    Dwayne Lane's Auto Family
    Mike & Dianne Crawford

    Banner Bank
    Allstate Insurance—Annette Booth Agency
    Louis Auto Glass
    K&H Print Solutions
    Strandberg Custom Homes & Design
    Alaska Marine, Brown Line, LTI Inc.

    Janicki Industries
    CPI Plumbing & Heating
    Samish Indian Nation
    Judd & Black Appliance
    Birch Equipment & The Truss Co.
    Fisher Construction Group
    Skagit Regional Health
    Columbia Distributing
    Pacific Woodtech
    Barrett Financial—Community Caring Project
    Mike Gubrud–Farmers Insurance
    La Conner Seafood & Prime Rib


    Thank You Gala Volunteers

    & Community Investors!

    Kevin Jones
    Teresa Cardenas
    Martina Galafassi
    Alexander Cardenas
    Kristia Poppe
    Brian Poppe
    Rhonda Tingley
    Becky Taft
    Megan Walker
    Alyssa Stewart
    Samantha Stormont
    Kristin Schmidt
    Dianna Bodin
    Tracy Dugas
    Crystal Eddy
    Debby Short
    Charley Short
    Kay Davis
    Kim Hildahl
    Chas Kok & B-EHS Basketball team
    Nike Staff
    Old Navy Staff
    Chinook Enterprises
    The Majestic Inn & Spa
    Skagit Casino
    Chuckanut Brewery
    Forte Chocolate
    Whidbey Coffee
    La Conner Seafood & Prime Rib
    Stowe's Shoes and Clothing
    Steve Largent
    Tina Shields
    Anthony’s Restaurant
    Dwayne Lane's Auto Family
    Skagit Farmers Supply
    Dakota Arts
    Josh Anderson
    Envy Salon
    Apothecary Spa
    Ideal Rent-All
    Mt Baker Ski Area
    Aslan Brewing
    Mac Madenwald & Wendy Gray
    Bayside Specialties
    Holland America
    Bob's Chowder Bar
    Dakota Arts
    Calico Cupboard
    Craft Stove
    Tulip Valley Winery
    Angler's Coffee
    Enchanted Florist
    Pacific Party Canopy
    Charles Fine Jewelry
    Sakura Restaurant
    Corporate Air Center
    Escape Anacortes
    Columbia Distributing
    Tri-Dee Arts
    Alaska Airlines
    Hair & Body Mechanix
    HERC Rentals
    Renee Sayatovic
    Brian & Elizabeth Soneda
    The Oyster Bar
    Avalon Golf Links
    Country Chique Salon
    Village Books
    Woods Coffee
    Coastal Farm & Ranch
    Skagit River Brewery
    Farmers Equipment & Chinook Enterprises
    Kaptein's Ace
    Hampton Inn & Suites
    Porterhouse Pub
    The Apothecary Spa
    Chief Lin Tucker
    Bob's Burgers & Brew
    Boundary Bay Brewery
    C9 Photography & Design
    Sattva Photo
    Pat Grenfell